A step deck (or drop deck) trailer is a "open-deck" semi-trailer that allows for easy loading and unloading of large cargo. Its lack of sides, roof, and doors enables easy loading with a crane or fork lift, and the step gives the trailer a lower profile, allowing taller freight to be transported than could be moved on a conventional flatbed. All of our trailers are 53' step decks, which means that they have a 10' long upper deck, an 18" drop from the top deck to lower deck, and a 43' long lower deck.
One of our drivers likes to say, "We transport the strange and the weird!" and he's right! Our freight is as varied as our customers. We frequently move vehicles for the military, wind turbine components for the renewable energy industry, engine parts for airplane manufacturers, bee hives (yes... full of bees...) for industrial apiaries, and the list goes on. One of the parts of the job that we enjoy most is to see how what we do every day contributes to keeping America safe and keeping American industry moving!
We currently have fourteen trucks, and we are looking to expand! We are looking for safe, experienced, and professional CDL Class A OTR driver to join us. Our average truck is 1.5 years old and our average trailer is 2 years old. We don't put trucks on the road without anyone to drive them, so finding the right drivers to put behind the wheel is the only thing that we are waiting on as we grow our fleet.
We operate throughout the lower 48 states. Our drivers run an average of 1,900 miles per load, typically 3,000-4,000 miles per week - that's a lot of road to put under the wheels!
Next time you drive down the road, count the number of dry vans that you see, and compare that to the number of flatbeds. Then, look at the kinds of cargo loaded onto those flatbeds. We think that you will see that we like doing things a little different. Driving a flatbed is hard work. Our drivers are experts at securing loads of all sizes and shapes, in all conditions, and safely moving oversized/overweight loads on a regular basis.
Do we have dry vans? No. That's not us. We'll leave that for everybody else, we'd rather be National Flatbed!
All of our drivers have class A CDLs, are 25 or older, are US citizens, have at least two-years of driving experience, have good MVRs and PSPs, possess valid TWIC cards, receive criminal background checks, and pass pre-employment drug screens.
We have an awesome team here at National Flatbed. From our drivers to our office staff, we care about our employees and we work hard to get things done. That said, we recognize that our drivers are the ones who are out there rain or shine, safely getting the freight to where it needs to go. They bear the brunt of the work, and we take their feedback really seriously. So, when we hear our drivers say things like, "Man, if I hear anybody say anything bad about this company, I think I'd have to knock 'em in the head." - we think it's pretty awesome. One of our drivers told me recently, "I don't even have a demeaning nickname for the boss... and I've worked here for a couple of years... people would be astounded by that." In response to a work anniversary that the company got him, our senior driver, Tom Percival, told us, "That's not the kind of stuff that companies do, ya know? That was awesome.". We value our drivers and their families, and it shows in their performance and their pride in the company!
- Pay starts at up to $0.46 per mile, based on experience
- We pay an extra $.10 per mile for oversize
- $25 for extra stops
- $50 for tarp (we rarely tarp)
- $50 per day for layovers (also rare)
- $50 per load for loading/unloading vehicles
- $100 inspection bonus per clean Level 1 or Level 2 Inspection
- $50 bonus for clean Level 3 Inspection
- Health Insurance - Company pays 50% of premium
- Dental Insurance - Company pays 100%
- $25k Life Insurance - Company pays 100%
- Workers Comp Insurance - Company pays 100%
- Short-Term Disability Insurance - Company pays 100%
- Long-Term Disability Insurance - Company pays 100%
No, but we would be happy to help you make the transition from owner-operator to company driver. We know that many drivers find themselves in the position of needing a new truck, but also hoping to retire within a few years. If that's you, reach out to us and let's take a look at what makes the most sense for you. Taking on an enormous amount of debt right before you hope to retire can add stress to your current work, stretch the time until your retirement, and saddle you with a devalued asset. Contact us to talk about an opportunity that makes a whole lot more sense.
Our trucks are 2017 and 2016 Freightliners with National Maintenance Leases.
All of our trucks are new and dependable. However, in the event of a mechanical issue, our lease agreement includes bailee trucks that keep you on the road and keep our customers' freight moving.
Our trailers are 2018 and 2019 53' Stepdeck Trailers.
All of our trailers are equipped with 16' loading ramps, load-levelers, chains, binders, mesh (bee) nets, and 6' drop-tarps. You have everything that you need to do your job from day one!
Our drivers average 3,000+ miles per week and around 1,900 miles per load. We aren't the best company for you if you're looking to sit around at a truck stop, but if you want to put road behind you, then this is a great company for you!
Home time is flexible , with an average of 3-4 days at home for every 3-4 weeks on the road. We will work with you to get you home when you need to be there, and to keep you moving all the rest of the time!